Can diet help with Mental Health?
Researchers have increasingly been studying the effects of diet and nutrition on mental health.
Many of them have noticed that people who follow a standard Western diet, which includes highly processed foods and added sugars, have higher risks of developing anxiety and depression.
Although the majority of the research to date has focused on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet other dietary patterns may also have a positive effect on mental health.
Nutritional psychiatry, which some refer to as psychonutrition, is a new field of study that focuses on the effect of diet on mental health.
Most studies have focused on the effects of the standard Western diet and the Mediterranean diet. An article in the Proceedings of the nutrition society reviewed the existing body of research on diet, nutrition and mental health.
The research suggests that the more closely a person follows a Western diet, with its highly processed foods, the more at risk they are for depression and anxiety. People who follow a Mediterranean diet, on the other hand, seem to be less likely to have mental health conditions.
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